2019-2020 RA Selection

Job Description

Cameron University

2019-2020 - Resident Assistant – Department of Student Housing

POSITION: The position of Resident Assistant (RA) within the Department of Student Housing is a live-in, 9 month (August 5 – May 5), position that requires the RA to reside in his/her designated area of responsibility. The RA is responsible for maintaining and fostering a community on a floor of 20-50 residents. The RA reports to a Hall Director or Senior Resident Assistant.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: A Resident Assistant at Cameron University is required to fulfill a diverse set of duties and responsibilities. These said duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to administrative, counseling, programmatic, and policy enforcement.  

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A Resident Assistant must have a 2.5 GPA at time of application, and must maintain a 2.5 GPA the entirety of their time as a Resident Assistant.
  • The Resident Assistant must maintain full time academic status throughout the entire contract year to be considered in good academic standing and to keep their position in Cameron Student Housing.
  • The Resident Assistant must be able to work with a diverse group of students in a Residence Hall environment, and have high resolve in finding solutions to difficult situations.
  • The Resident Assistant must have good time management skills, and must maintain a high level of visibility and availability to residents.
  • The Resident Assistant must demonstrate superior leadership skills.
  • Resident Assistants must work a pre-determined desk shift, and must be on call as needed by designated Hall Director.
  • Resident Assistants will be required to plan and execute several social, educational, and passive programs throughout the academic year.
  • A Resident Assistant must be of strong mind and will. The Resident Assistant position requires high levels of adaptability and responsibility. Resident Assistants deal with a variety of student issues on a daily basis and must have the knowledge, maturity, empathy, and understanding to help student navigate these issues.
  • Resident Assistants will also serve an essential role in policy enforcement. Resident Assistants must develop and maintain a good working knowledge of housing policy and be prepared to enforce these policies fairly across the board.
  • Resident Assistants must be observant and sensitive to issues going on in the hall and be proactive in resolving them before they turn into major concerns.
  • Resident Assistants must demonstrate a high level of professionalism, promote scholarship, and serve as an advocate for Cameron Student Housing.
  • Preference will be given to individuals who have lived in Cameron Student Housing for at least one semester prior to applying.


Application Procedures

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  To be considered, applicants will download and complete the Cameron student employment application, submit a current resume, three professional references (optional), current transcript, and a short answer to each of the following questions:

  1. How long have you lived in Student Housing?
  2. Why do you want to be a Resident Assistant?
  3. What is an issue you see in Student Housing? How would you address it?
  4. What other activities are you involved in on campus? How will this impact your role as a Resident Assistant? 

 All of these materials must be typed and returned to:

Jacob Newton

Student Housing Office

McMahon Learning Center

Room 100

Your application will NOT be complete until all required materials are turned into the Student Housing Office.

Important Dates

IMPORTANT DATES: 

  • Applications will be accepted until February 18th
  • Group Process invitations will be sent on February 19th
  • RA Shadowing February 20th – 22nd. (Must be available to shadow an RA 5:00pm-8:00pm on one day).
  • Group Process will be on February 25th at 6:00pm and February 26th at 8:00pm. You only have to attend one of these sessions.
  • Invitations for Individual Interviews will be sent on February 28th
  • Individual Interviews will be held March 1st, March 4th, and March 5th
  • RA offers will be extended on March 8th with acceptance due by March 12th 12:00pm
  • All Resident Assistants and Alternates are required to be at RA Training. RA Training will be the two weeks before the fall semester starts.

For any questions, please contact Jacob Newton at jnewton@cameron.edu or call 580-581-5907.

Housing Contact Information

McMahon Center, Room 111
502 SW University Dr.
Lawton, OK 73505
Phone:
8am-5pm (580) 581-2392
5pm-8am Village- 580-483-3577
                North- 580-483-8326
                South- 580-483-8829
Email: housing@cameron.edu
Office Hours: M-F 8am-8pm

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Mission Statement:

The Office of Student Housing serves its residents by providing a quality living-learning environment that supports the educational and academic mission of Cameron University. We work to foster an environment that promotes inclusion, involvement and responsibility.